12 Girls with Lice… What an experience

¡Hola amigos!

This is Olivia Nelson, coming to you live from España. It’s Tuesday, and I’ve been craving American food for about 4 days now. All I want is cold milk and more than bread for breakfast (for those of you who know me, you will never hear these words come out of my mouth again. I am a bread lover, but there’s only so much you can take). This trip has been full of unexpected tasks from staying up until at least 1:00 every night to picking lice out of 12 girls’ hair. It’s been a ride so far, but I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings.

Initially, I thought that I would be ok talking to the kids because I had taken 2 years of Spanish. Let me just say one thing: I. am. lost. There’s so much more to a language than just a textbook. Their accent is different in Spain compared to Mexico, where my Spanish teacher was from. It’s harder for me to understand what they are saying, and they seem to talk so fast here. All I can say is, I’m SO glad that we have translators here to help us with the kids. Most of the counselors know a little bit of English so that makes it easier to communicate with them.

Since the camp is only set up to sleep about 75 people, the girls from West Lisbon were lucky enough to get to sleep outside in tents! I was a little frustrated at first because I thought that the guys deserved to sleep in the tents. However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. As I mentioned above, 12, now 13, girls have lice at the camp. Instead of turning away the kids, some of the counselors do vinegar treatments every night for the girls. Lice is very common in Spain, so it’s not a big deal. The parents know they have them, but don’t have the time to deal with it. God works in mysterious, but great ways.

With only 2 days into the camp, my perspective on how much we take for granted in the United States has totally changed. Warm showers every day, eating whenever we want, air conditioning, and even good cell phone service. I will never take these things for granted again.

This is Olivia Nelson signing out. Have a great day and eat some steak for me. ¡Adios!